LaGuardia is the closest airport, only eight miles away (a 25-minute drive); arrange hotel transfers to or from the hotel for $75 each way. The drive to JFK usually takes about 45 minutes, depending on traffic.
Penn Station, the hub for Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) and the Long Island Rail Road (www.lirr.org) is just five minutes from the hotel by car.
Taxis and public transportation options are plentiful, so having a car isn’t really necessary. However, if you do bring wheels, valet parking is $55 (plus tax) a day.
Worth getting out of bed for
Borrow one of the hotel’s bikes – a much sleeker and more stylish option than the Citi bikes – to explore the city, or stroll around Madison Square Park and pretend you’re a local with coffee in hand, as you admire pampered pups and views of the Empire State Building. There’s nothing musty or dusty about New Museum at 235 Bowery, which exhibits creations by off-the-radar artists, including works in digital media.
For Italian bar-style dining, great pastries and delicious gelato, secure a spot at a communal table in Tarallucci e Vino in Union Square. Momofuku, on 171 First Avenue, serves up heavenly fare, including practically perfect pizza pie and flavour-bomb noodles. Sexy, low-lit Boqueria, on West 19th Street in the Flatiron District, serves up crispy croquettes, matured Serrano ham and ice-cold white sangria.
For authentic coal-brick oven pizza, get thee to Grimaldi’s on 6th Avenue, where they’ll construct a pie to suit any palate. Don’t leave without the cannoli. Named after the owner’s pet turtle, cash-only bar, bakery and café Penelope at Lexington and 30th is the essential stop-off for home-style comfort foods such as Nutella-stuffed French toast, mac and cheese, and ladle-loads of home-made meatballs.
No fuss or hype, just a low-key atmosphere, a wide-ranging wine list and cracking martinis at Black Door on West 26th. Order a classic cocktail at Jazz Age-inspired Flatiron Lounge on West 19th Street, where bartenders serve ideal renditions of the sidecar and sazerac.